This Genius New Type of Solar Energy Cell, will allow Windows to generate electricity

By: | April 26th, 2020

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Researchers from Australia have successfully developed next-gen perovskite solar cells with a conversion efficiency of 17%. These semi-transparent solar cells when integrated in to windows can bring about revolution in the field of urban planning and electricity generation.

Windows with these innovative solar cells will not only help to generate electricity but also allow light to pass through.

Two square metres (around 22 square feet) of these solar cells will be able to produce electricity equivalent to that generated by a standard solar panel.

Now researchers are working with Viridian Glass (Australia’s largest glass manufacturer), to commercially use this innovative technology.

Researchers were working for years to get the Solar cell windows that are efficient and stable. Researchers are happy as they are closer than ever to doing just that.

“Rooftop solar has a conversion efficiency of between 15 and 20 percent,” says materials chemist Jacek Jasieniak, from Monash University in Australia. “The semi-transparent cells have a conversion efficiency of 17 percent, while still transmitting more than 10 percent of the incoming light, so they are right in the zone.

“It’s long been a dream to have windows that generate electricity, and now that looks possible.”

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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